Something that doesn’t get a lot of attention is the span of time between the Old and New Testaments. After Malachi around 450 BC, we don’t get much in the way of historical background setting the stage for the appearance of Christ in the New Testament. What happened during that time? There was a Greek conquest, Roman conquest, Maccabean revolt, and development of Jewish culture and traditions during a period where no prophetic voice was heard for about 480 years.
My friend Jon Fullmer and his brother Jay are one of the growing community producing Come Follow Me podcasts and videos. I watched this video from them during the week and found it very well done to briefly explain the history during this period. If you want to read the book of Maccabees in the Apocrypha, it’s been added to Scripture Notes so you can access that in your account. Here’s the video, and links they shared to learn more.
Resources used for this video:
“The Lost 500 Years: From Malachi to John the Baptist,” S. Kent Brown and Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Ensign December 2014
Enrichment section K in the Old Testament Institute Student Manual. “Between the Testaments”
Institute New Testament Student Manual “The Intertestamental Period”